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Broken Arrow says: Bankers, recruitment consultants, politicians. What professions do you hate and why?

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 12:26)
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People who fine other people...
...traffic wardens, ticket inspectors, etc.

Yes, I know you're just doing your job.
Yes, I know I shouldn't have parked here/should have bought the right ticket, etc
And yes, you're right, someone has got to do it

But you're enjoying it, aren't you, you cunt?

(Anyone who doesn't enjoy it is exempt, Obviously...)
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 13:13, 8 replies)
"But you're enjoying it, aren't you, you cunt?"
Yes, yes we are, it (almost) makes up for all the times we're verbally and physically abused by people who know full well they're breaking the law and can't accept the consequences.
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 21:35, closed)
The people who 'know full well they're breaking the law and can't deal with the consequences', I'm fine with, but it's very simplistic to see anyone who might be subject to a fine as 'law breaking'. I think there's a lot of grey areas - e.g. having slightly the wrong ticket by pure accident, or having got on a train without a ticket - where you know that at some point (even if it's when you hit the barriers at the other end) you're going to have to buy a ticket anyway...

I have mixed feelings on it as a result. I'm glad when people who don't have tickets on the bus, for example, who obviously were trying to fare evade, get fined, I'm fine with people who've flagrantly ignored parking rules get fined, but when I recently got charged an extra £32 for having accidentally got the wrong ticket (which cost the same amount as the ticket I was supposed to have), that's just shite. Even if I'd 'gotten away with it', I wouldn't have been better off, so how could I possibly have deliberately been fare-evading? Didn't make a difference...

Either there should be room for a bit of humanity and leeway in these situations (and as Al says below, there sometimes is based on a fairly arbitrary decision about whether they like your type or not), or if there's a firm policy to have absolutely no leeway, then your employers are basically profiteering bastards.

Either way, if you're enjoying it because you get stick from customers and the boot is now on the other foot, isn't it just a spiral of mutual dislike and aggression? Where does it end, man? Where does it end!?!
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 9:51, closed)
It ends when I move on to the doors of your local night club
At least, assuming I've passed my SIA exam today....
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 17:17, closed)
Good luck
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 21:03, closed)
You're still not getting in here with those trainers though ;)
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 22:48, closed)
I have totally opposing views on this matter
On one hand I think people who give out the parking tickets ought to be out more often and hand out more fines.

But people on trains who dole out the penalty fares piss me off.

The reason for this completely ridiculous stance is that on trains you mainly get trains guards who will often sell you a ticket, but sometimes they are a "fare revenue officer" or whatever it is they call themselves, and they will only issue fines. Of course, they will only only issue these fines to students or people dressed in a scruffy manner. If you're wearing a suit then they'll still sell you a tickets. Cunts.
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 22:49, closed)
Clamping companies
they're the cunts. Most local authority employed traffic wardens and train inspectors I've found to be totally reasonable people, except for that senile fucker on the Long Island rail road 15 years ago, he took my ticket and then accused me of not paying.
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 9:48, closed)
The last line in one of those Malibu adverts,
is one of my favourites, where the man turns to the traffic warden and says "is your mother proud of you?"
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 16:48, closed)

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